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Material evidence

Last month, Dr Sofia Pantouvaki, Professor of Costume Design, Aalto University, Helsinki visited the Sydney Jewish Museum. She met with survivors and viewed our collection of concentration camp garments. Her …

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Survivor Portraits – Paul (Pavel) Drexler

At the beginning of every month we introduce to you one of the Museum’s treasured Holocaust survivors’ stories. This month, we are featuring Paul Drexler. Born in 1938 in Spacince, …

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The sinister banknote

Education Officer and Currency Aficionado, Simon Holloway, lets you in on some facts about one of the world’s lesser known, and incredibly short-lived, currencies. Focusing on the currency issued by …

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Tracing the roots of Greek Jewry

Our current Temporary Exhibition, The Jews of Greece, tells the rich and little-known story of Greek Jewry through photography and documentary film. Here is a little bit of background reading …

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“…no trace of Rudi”

Every object tells a different story. Recently the Museum accessioned a diary which was penned by Holocaust survivor Elisabeth Epstein (nee Steiner). Those who knew her best, referred to her …

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Survivor Portraits – Jacqueline Dale (nee Feldman)

At the beginning of every month we will be featuring a treasured Holocaust survivors’ story. This month, we introduce Jacqueline Dale (nee Feldman). Born in 1931 in Paris, Jacqueline was …

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Celebrating 25 years

Saturday 18 November marked the Sydney Jewish Museum’s momentous 25th birthday. Moving into our 26th year, we are taking some time to reflect upon the formative years of the Museum, …

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Greetings for a sweet New Year

The exchanging of Jewish New Year greetings goes back centuries. With the industrial revolution printing became inexpensive and entrepreneurs began selling cards printed specifically for Rosh Hashanah. These cards were …

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Can you spot a fake?

If you were shopping in a market in Thailand and came across a cheap Kate Spade handbag, you would probably be right in thinking that the bag is a reproduction …

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Holocaust survivor, society darling and acclaimed portrait artist

‘’I always say God paints the last brushstroke on my portraits, because I leave them to mature for a few weeks after I’ve finished them and when I come back …

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Save our history

When the Museum opened nearly 25 years ago, the Holocaust Survivors initiated a collection of Holocaust related material by donating precious objects and images. These personal belongings provide the narrative …

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‘You have nothing to lose but your cultural cringe’

The Museum has recently acquired the first ever issue of POL, a cutting edge magazine which expressed the preoccupations of a generation of Australians. The acquisition is part of a …

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In love and Auschwitz

This is an intriguing story of resistance and survival. Born in 1914 in a small Polish village, Salem Schott moved with his family to Berlin after the First World War. …

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A pair of pants from Auschwitz

It is amazing what treasures can be found sitting in the back shed or the garage*. Today we received an extraordinary donation of an Auschwitz concentration camp jacket and pair …

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I need a hero…

“If a person destroys one life, it is as if they have destroyed the entire world. And if a person saves one life, it is as if they have saved …

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What a lot of nonsense

Speakers of Yiddish will be well familiar with the term bobba mayseh. Often mistranslated as “an old wife’s tale” (from bobba = “grandmother” and mayseh = “story”), bobba mayseh a …

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